End Erdogan’s Turkish Tyranny

It is not yet Pesach but it is certainly time for us to sing “Dayenu” loud and clear until our voices reach Turkish air-space.  It is ENOUGH !   It is time to end the Turkish tyrant’s anti-Israel, anti-Semitic diatribes.

His latest was a conversation with a Turkish youth group in which he denounced Israel for “kicking Palestinian women and beating young kids”.  He doesn’t tell the Turkish kids that only those people involved in terrorist activity or threatening the lives of Israeli civilians are treated harshly. On the contrary, he makes a clear and deliberately false statement accusing us of Nazi-like treatment of all Palestinians.

A man whose nation massacred millions of Armenian Christians during the first world war, whose military occupies the northern region of Cyprus, who locks up journalists and writers who criticize him for his tyrannical behavior and who rot in Turkish jails for daring to defy him has no right to dictate to us how we should treat terrorists and terrorist activity.

Once again, our weakness is a disgrace. We lack the courage to treat Erdogan and Turkish history as it should be.

First of all, end our diplomatic relations with Turkey. Only our Jewish tourists will be affected by a break in the relations. Israelis will have to spend their shekels in search of gold jewelry bargains elsewhere. We should not support a nation which massacres thousands of its Kurdish citizens who yearn for independence and the right to live safely and freely in their own state.

Second, and the most important act we MUST take, is to join with most other nations in the civilized world by supporting the Armenian appeal to acknowledge the historical truth of the massacre of millions of Armenian Christians living in Turkey between 1914-1918.

Our failure to recognize that massacre which was a prolegomena to the Jewish Holocaust is nothing more than a terrible shame and disgrace. Every Jewish voice should be raised and heard denouncing the first holocaust. Our political excuses for failure to recognize the Armenian genocide are a shameful example of our weakness and our flight from morality.

The beautiful Armenian community in Jerusalem, loyal and loving citizens of Israel, have long desired from our government only one thing… the official recognition of their plight in the Turkish genocide.

But we hesitate to do so for political reasons. Not for the sake of humaneness nor decency. Only for the sake of maintaining relations with a state that hates us in order that our airplanes may fly safely over their air-space.  It’s time for us to take another route.  Turkey is the wrong destination.

Stop the weakness !  Hit Turkey where it will hurt them. Tell the European Union to continue denying membership to Turkey.  Support the Kurdish claims and give aid to Kurds in Syria where possible. The Kurds are not our enemies.

Denounce Erdogan constantly in our press and media. Make him shamed and humiliated. He thinks that Turkey can defeat us. We must prove him wrong. While we have no grievances against the Turkish people, the anti-Israel anti-Semitic leadership must be toppled and we should support those who are prepared to do it.

Our weakness regarding relations with Erdogan’s dictatorship is a blot on our humanity and our democracy.  It is a stain upon our Jewish heritage.

Anger him. Shame him. Disgrace him. Humiliate him. Denounce him. And do it because we are taught “tzedek tzedek tirdof”… do righteousness, follow the correct paths, do not hesitate to eradicate the evil in our midst.

And that evil is blowing from Turkish winds in our direction.  Clouds of anti-Semitic expressions are hovering darkly over us.

Hold the hands of our Armenian brethren. Embrace them, Support them. Hear their cries and respond to them favorably.

End the Turkish regime’s hostility and resurrect Israeli and Jewish pride. We dare not continue our weakness.

Dayenu !  Enough is enough.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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